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Happy 53rd Independence Day Sierra Leone From Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew!

To celebrate Sierra Leone's 53rd Independence Day, Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew have shared their hopes for Salone for the coming year.


To celebrate Sierra Leone turning 53 today, our good friends from Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew have shared a message with their hopes for the coming year. Speaking of which, the guys have a new album in the works for Salone– and they'll be there to perform it December 24th! Read on below and keep scrolling for some of our favorite hits to come out of Sierra Leone with music from from Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, the great Bunny Mack, and of course Freetown's finest Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew. Happy birthday Sierra Leone!

"E go betteh leh you no say sombodi go pik you up way u fodom. E go betteh leh u buck u fot pan stone way nor go comot unda u. E go betteh leh u yai wata drop 'dan e dry na u yai' push yanda betteh pas comot na ya. We ar proud of this country that has been through nightmare, that has been through horror, that has been through humilation, that has been through tribulation, a country that has been measured of being the poorest in the world but yet still stands as a brave and courageous nation, a country with so much potential, a country that has stories that have not yet been told, a country that sacrificed almost everthing he has just to regain PEACE. Now even the leaves can go to sleep and wake up with broad smiles on their faces. Ohooo beautiful Serra Lyoa, a name that was giving by the Portuguese explorer Pedro da Cintra meaning "The LION MOUNTAIN".... Look how proud and happy we are today to be alive and witness the 53rd birthday day of this adorable virgin land. Some called it the land of the free, some called it the African paradise, some called it the land of milk and honey. Ohooo what a beautiful nation that we are proud to be sons and daughters of. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAMA SALONE"

-Pupa Bajah, Aklazz, and Dovy Dovy

Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew, "Any Girl"

Bunny Mack, "Let Me Love You"

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, "Soda Soap"

Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang, "Somebody"

Interview

Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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